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Meaning"wise ruler"
Region of originScandinavia, Germany

Reinhold is a German, Scandinavian surname and male given name.[1] This Germanic name is composed of two elements: the first is from ragin, meaning "counsel", "power" and wald meaning "ruler". The second element having been reinterpreted as hold meaning "dear", "beloved" in the 16th century.[2]

This name was brought to the British Isles by Viking conquerors, in the form of the Old Norse Rögnvaldr. In the 11th century, the Normans further established this name as Reinald and Reynaud.[3] There are other spelling variations of this surname, but all have the same etymological Germanic origin.

Notable people with the surname include:

People with the given name include:


  1. ^ Kruken, Kristoffer; Stemshaug, Ola (1995), Norsk personnamnleksikon, Oslo: Det Norske Samlaget, p. 207, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
  2. ^ Discover the meaning and history behind your last name,, retrieved 25 November 2013 which cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 for the surname "Reinhold".
  3. ^ Reaney, Percy Hilde; Wilson, Richard Middlewood (2006), A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.), London: Routledge, p. 2626, ISBN 0-203-99355-1